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  • X/1999 (Manga) Review

    X/1999 Manga Review

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    When I was first introduced to CLAMP I had watched Magic Knight Rayearth. My second CLAMP experience was just as awesome as the first with X/1999 the movie. This was before I really got into manga, so I had never heard of X before. When I found out there was one, I was all over X/1999 the manga.

    I recently just finished it to be honest. I had started it when I was younger and was on Volume 10 when I found out there was a TV series. So I watched that, giving up on the manga knowing it was not going to be finished any time soon… That was about 10 years ago. CLAMP still has not finished X/1999 the manga yet (It really urks me)! It is really disappointing especially where it leaves off in the manga.

     

    The Story of X/1999

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    The plot of X/1999 is about a teenager named Kamui. He is involved with the end of the world along with several other people. He is the key decider of the fate of the world basically. When he was young his mother moved him away from Tokyo and his friends because her best friend had died. She died so the Kamui’s mother would have more time to prepare Kamui. Years later, Kamui’s mother dies and he heads back to Tokyo and to protect the ones he cares about. He must decide to become a Dragon of Heaven and save the Earth and the people or become a Dragon of Earth and destroy the people but preserve the Earth.

    Honestly, there are a lot of plot twists and things you really do not see coming so I do not want to spoil it for you. You should really read this manga series!

     

    The Characters and Art of X/1999

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    Each character from X/1999 has a wish they want to be granted. Only Kamui can see these wishes. Every character is dynamic and has a back story. Some of their back stories are just quickly brushed over such as Subaru’s and Seishiro, but they are detailed enough to allow you to understand them. CLAMP always delivers very unique characters, even if you can’t physically tell them apart!

    CLAMP art is very well known style. You can usually tell when CLAMP was involved with something, artistic wise. The art in X/1999 was amazing as always. CLAMP is always so detailed and yet not to over whelming when it comes to the background.

     

    The Themes of X/1999

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    There are a lot of religious themes based around this manga. It is set up for the Apocalypse basically and that there are angels (Dragons of Earth) who want to destroy mankind, but there are seals (Dragons of Heaven) that want to protect the people on the Earth and the ‘Now.’ There are also other religious views in the manga such as Buddhism and other Japanese religions.

     

    CLAMP Crossovers

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    From what I picked up there are a few set of other CLAMP characters in this series, the first three being from Tokyo Babylon. Subaru Sumeragi (Dragon of Heaven), Seishiro Sakurazuka (Dragon of Earth), and Hokuto Sumeragi (Subaru’s dead twin sister), all appear in the manga and the TV series of X/1999. This is a continued story of their lives and what happened after the Tokyo Babylon section of their lives.

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    The next three: The CLAMP School Detectives crew, Nokoru Imonoyama, Suoh Takamura, and Akira Ijyuin. The three play small roles in X/1999 and only Nokoru Imonoyama has a lot to say in the series. Of course the boys are much older in this manga.

     

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    Grade: 8/10 (9/10 when completed!)


  • X/1999 Movie (Anime) Review

    X/1999 the Movie

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    X/1999 is a classic in anime films and yet the original manga is still never to be finished. This film is sad and while it sticks to the manga’s story line, X/1999 the movie does portray its own little short version of the story. It takes all the major points and fights and allows each character their segment in the film. Kamui and Fuma’s being the longest.

     

    The Plot & Characters X/1999

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    X/1999 focuses on the character Kamui as well as on his friend Fuma and Fuma’s sister, Kotori. A long time ago Kamui’s mother and he moved out of Tokyo and away from his best friend, Fuma. Later she dies giving him a sword, the weapon to either save or destroy the Earth. He returns to Tokyo to find his friend Fuma. When Kamui decides he wants to save his friends, he chooses to save the Earth and therefore awakens the Kamui in Fuma. This Kamui (Fuma) will destroy the Earth. Now Kamui has to fight his longtime friend, Fuma, to the death. Kotori, the love of Kamui and sister of Fuma, holds the other sword. In order for Fuma to obtain she has to die. In the end, Kamui ends up cutting Fuma’s head off. This leaves Kamui with nothing and a very sad ending indeed.

    I like this version of X/1999 even though it is just a summary. The ending is an ending that only an anime can pull off. It feels real because in the end, no one really won anything. Kamui was given no recognition in saving the Earth and ends up killing his best friends which killed his own sister. He has a terrible life ahead of him, but this film is a cold hard truth.

     

    CLAMP Art

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    As always, CLAMP delivers great art and a great story in X/1999. The art work is classic CLAMP style and a very dreamy look added to the film. The story is just one version of this ongoing series. The TV series allows a more in depth look at characters and a different ending. This version of X/1999 is the saddest of the three (for now). You really do not get to know the characters, but you get to know enough about them to know their characteristics.

    This is definitely a classic in anime films. If you have not seen it, you really should. Any CLAMP story is going to be good, but the X/1999 movie is definitely one of their bests.

    Overall Grade: 9/10

     

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  • X/1999 TV Series (Anime) Review

    X/1999 the TV Series

     

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    The series of X/1999 takes a different view on things than the movie. The series is complete unlike the manga. That is why both the movie and the TV series of X/1999 are different. The series has 24 episodes and ran from Oct. 2001 through March 2002.

    There is an episode dedicated to almost every member of the Dragons of Earth and Dragons of Heaven. These episodes will tell about the characters past, and why those chose to fight in this war. Kamui is the main character. His mother moved when he was little. He was taken away from his friends, Fuma and Kotori. He soon returns to Tokyo after his mother dies. He is faced with a choice to either save the Earth or to destroy the Earth. Each character has a personal enemy of the opposite team.

     

    The Dragons of Heaven

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    They are known as The Seven Seals. They fight to save Earth and they each have their reason. Eventually Kamui decides to join the Dragons of Heaven. The characters in this group consist of Sorata, Arashi, Subaru,Seiichiro, Karen, and Yuzuriha. They are a consistently happy group all working together to save the Earth even if it means dying.

     

    The Dragons of Earth

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    They are known as The Seven Angels. They fight to destroy the Earth. They feel human kind has no hope. When Kamui decides to join the Dragons of Heaven, Fuma becomes the Kamui of the Dragons of Earth. This group consists of Yuto, Satsuki, Seishiro, Nataku, Kakyo, and Kusanagi. They work to destroy the Earth, but not really together. They each have their own motif.

     

    Other Characters

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    There are a lot of other characters that play important roles in the series. In X/1999 the TV series, Fuma and Kotori’s mother held one sword while Kamui’s aunt held the other sword. Both sides have dreamseer, which are actually blood sisters. Princess Hinoto works for the Dragons of Heaven, while her younger sister, Kanoe, works for the Dragons of Earth.

    X/1999 the TV series delivers exactly what you want it to, a reasonable answer to the end of the series. The movie was a dark film, ending in sadness. While sad things do happen in the TV series, it also has very happy things including the ending. The series also allows time for each character to develop and interact properly with one another. Tokyo Babylon’s Subaru and Seishiro make an appearance in the series and close the chapter between the longtime friends.

    X/1999 was an amazing series and definitely one of my all-time favorites. While there are many different takes on the X/1999 story, the TV series takes award of best plotted. The series is consistent and provides ample of entertainment. There are a lot of fight scenes and a lot twists. I recommend seeing this anime!

     

    Overall Grade: 9/10

     

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